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Tampa Bay Rays: Trouble at the Trop; Zobrist autographs

Home sweet dome

One reason for the Rays' struggles is their subpar performance at Tropicana Field this season:

Historically

2008-11 at Trop: 205-119 (.633)

2012 at Trop: 28-25 (.528)

Offensively

Avg. R/G HR/G OPS

2012 road .239 4.346 .923 .694

2012 home .224 3.886 .943 .675

Meet the swinger and the singer

Ben and Julianna Zobrist are hosting a meet-and-greet session from noon-2 Saturday at the Tropicana Field team store; $5 gets you one item autographed by Ben and a copy of Julianna's new CD, Say It Now.

Quote of the day

"Why? I don't know."

Joe Maddon, Rays manager, on the lack of offense

Rays vs. Orioles

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Tickets: $12-$255, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Promotion: Luke Scott T-shirt for first 10,000 fans

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH Matt Moore (7-7, 4.01)

Orioles: RH Tommy Hunter (4-6, 5.72)

On Moore: The rookie is 6-2 with a 3.32 ERA in his past 10 starts after going 1-5, 4.76 in his first 10. He is 1-1 with a 3.09 ERA in three games (two starts) vs. the Orioles.

On Hunter: He is scheduled to start despite working an inning of relief (14 pitches) Wednesday. He is 2-1 with a 3.63 ERA in four starts vs. the Rays, plus 0-1, 4.50 in a 2010 Division Series game.

Rays vs. Hunter

Carlos Peña 5-for-12, 2 HR

B.J. Upton 3-for-12

Ben Zobrist 3-for-11

Orioles vs. Moore

Adam Jones 2-for-6

Matt Wieters 3-for-4, 2 HR

On deck

Saturday: vs. Orioles, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (6-6, 3.23); Orioles — Wei-Yin Chen (9-6, 3.65)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Tampa Bay Rays: Trouble at the Trop; Zobrist autographs 08/02/12 [Last modified: Thursday, August 2, 2012 10:44pm]
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